Most people take antibiotics to get rid of a chronic sinus infection. These drugs only heal the symptoms temporarily and they will never get to the root of the problem.
We don’t recommend using of antibiotics, because they are too much aggressive and can destroy the bad and good bacteria in the nasal passages. Good bacteria is crucial for protecting the nasal cavity of accumulation of bad bacteria.
Dr. Mas Takashima, director of the Sinus Center at Baylor College of Medicine, developed new treatment against sinus irrigations and probiotic nasal rinses, with using of baby shampoo. This treatment target the bad bacteria, which is very helpful for those who suffer from both chronic and acute sinusitis.
Baby shampoo irrigation cleanse the nasal cavity with a surfactant. The shampoo breaks down the oily layers that protect bad bacteria from being removed.
“We always tell our children to wash their hands with soap, not with plain water, in order to clean bacteria from their hands. We use the same concept is being used in the sinuses,” said Takashima.
For better result, you should prepare a solution with a half teaspoon of shampoo in 1 cup of saline. You will need to mix 3 heaping teaspoons of salt with 1 rounded teaspoon of baking soda and store in a small Ziplock bag. Add 1 teaspoon of the mixture and a half teaspoon of baby shampoo to 1 cup of lukewarm boiled water.
Use an infant nasal bulb to draw the liquid, then gently flush your nostrils with it.
Also, Dr. Takashima recommends you to add a probiotic rinse to replenish healthy bacteria and prevent reoccurrence of the symptoms. You can use the same instructions, but instead of adding a shampoo, open a probiotic capsule and pour the content into the mixture.
Takashima stresses that it is important to consult a doctor before you try this natural remedy, because there are many different causes of sinus infections and it’s important to ensure that you are treating the right one.